Mangotsfield School teacher tests positive for coronavirus
A TEACHER at Mangotsfield School has tested positive for coronavirus.
Parents with children still attending the school were informed of the news by phone and email before a letter from head teacher Hetty Blackmore was published on the school website.
The school confirmed the news in a statement to the Voice, which said: “A member of staff at Mangotsfield School, who was last in school on Tuesday 5th May, developed mild symptoms several days later and yesterday tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Mangotsfield School has been following all government guidance in relation to managing Covid-19, and we have also followed the official guidance we have been given in managing our response to this case.”
Mrs Blackmore told parents the member of staff was showing no symptoms when they were last on the school site, which is open to the children of key workers and those classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the Government– children who are "supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans”.
She said the teacher was “currently self-isolating but is otherwise well”.
Mrs Blackmore said all pupils and staff who had been in the school on May 5 had been contacted and given guidance from the school and from the NHS 111 service.
Pupils currently attending the school are studying in a computer room which has recently been deep cleaned, and all staff currently in the school have not been in contact with the member of staff who tested positive.
Mrs Blackmore said the school had rules in force on hand washing, social distancing, cleaning and staying away while feeling unwell since the start of the outbreak.
She told parents: “We are living in extraordinary times and hope as I might, this virus is a very real part of how Mangotsfield School, businesses, shops and lives must operate for the foreseeable future.
“Please continue to stay safe, stay distanced and look after each other.”
The school is the second in South Gloucestershire to report cases of COVID-19.
Sheiling School in Thornbury, an independent school and home for children with special educational needs, closed temporarily on Monday after two teachers tested positive for coronavirus.
The school will now test all other staff and pupils for COVID-19.
Sheiling School issued a statement, which said: “On Monday 11th May, following extensive discussions with Public Health England and South Gloucestershire Council, Sheiling School took the decision to close on a temporary basis following the positive Covid-19 test results of two members of the educational staff.
“Up to 18 pupils were attending the school on a regular basis, with up to 30 educational staff on site.
“The school has been following strict guidance on social distancing where possible, use of PPE and daily infection control cleaning but despite these rigorous measures, two members of staff have, very regrettably, tested positive for the virus.
“The school will now undergo a deep clean and all staff and pupils will be tested for COVID-19. The residential homes for children and young people that are run by Sheiling School have been unaffected by the cases and remain open.”